October 31, 2009

Philidor Defense - How to Play

[*See: Chess Openings for Beginners - All Lessons]
[**See Outside: Chess Puzzles]

Philidor Defense - How to Play is the chess video which represents a general picture on how to play the Philidor Defense chess opening. You can find this chess opening video below. The following is what it is all about...

The Philidor Defense - How to Play video will show you how to play 2 variations of Philidor Defense. It will also give a Short If-Then Reference on playing this chess opening. Please be advised that it is only the short reference...

The video will display Exchange Variation and Improved Hanham Variation. It will also show the main lines and main move-answers. To see the Philidor Defense - How to Play video, just click the Play button below:




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To replay on the chess board and learn the Philidor Defense variations which were shown in the above video, see them in writing below:

Variation 1: Philidor Defense - Exchange Variation
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bf4 O-O 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0

Variation 2: Philidor Defense - Improved Hanham Variation
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Qe2 c6 8.a4 Qc7

The below is how to play Philidor Defense in general. For Black, it is a strong defense but limited in movement. There are 2 main lines: 3.d4 (main) and 3.Bc4. The 3.d4 line is common for 60-70%... Be sure to learn 2 traps within the Philidor Defense opening.

As an answer for the White move 3.d4, it is not recommended for Black to play 3... Bg4? or 3... f5?!. Nowadays, at the chess master level it is popular to use an alternative move order to begin Philidor Defense. The alternative move order may be this one: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3...

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October 30, 2009

Philidor Defense: Trap 2 - Learn

[*See: Chess Openings for Beginners - All Lessons]

Philidor Defense: Trap 2 - Learn. This chess video will show you Trap 2, which begins from the Philidor Defense opening. Please remember: If you want to play Philidor Defense for Black, be sure to have learned the Philidor Defense traps. Read more on Trap 2 next...

The game starts as Philidor Defense. Then it transposes into another chess opening... Inside the video, pay close attention to and be sure to learn this typical position. If Black makes a looked-to-be "strong move", he will be trapped. The combination is called the Legal's Mate...

Learn Trap 2 to know how to use and avoid the trap... The best White answer for Philidor Defense is 3.d4... Please be aware of the 3.Bc4 line (second line) in Philidor Defense. To see and learn this video Philidor Defense: Trap 2 - Learn, just click the Play button below:




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October 27, 2009

Philidor Defense: Trap 1 - Learn

[*See: Chess Openings for Beginners - All Lessons]

Philidor Defense: Trap 1 - Learn. This chess video will show you Trap 1 within the Philidor Defense chess opening. Please remember: If you want to play Philidor Defense for Black, be sure to have learned the Philidor Defense traps. New video on Philidor Defense Trap 2 is to be published soon.

Learn Trap 1 to know how to use and avoid the trap... The best White answer for Philidor Defense is 3.d4... Please be aware of the 3.Bc4 line (second line) in Philidor Defense. To see and learn this video Philidor Defense: Trap 1 - Learn, just click the Play button below:




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October 20, 2009

Vienna Game - Learn This Trap - Video 3

Vienna Game - Learn This Trap (continued). Video 3 will show you the Vienna Game's trap as possible White answer for the Black attempt to conduct the nice positional combination on d5. This trap is possible only because of the Black King Blunder.

Learn this trap to know how to avoid it. After this check on f7 by a White Bishop, the Black King must Return Back to avoid the trap. If so, then the opening position will be equal. If not... See Video 3: Vienna Game - Learn This Trap by clicking the Play button below:




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October 15, 2009

Vienna Game

[*See: Chess Openings for Beginners - All Lessons]

This lesson is designed for chess beginners to learn Vienna Game. It is 3 chess videos (Video 1: Vienna Game - General Information | Video 2: Vienna Game - How to Play | Video 3: Vienna Game - Learn This Trap). Video 1 on Vienna Game is located on this page.

Video 2 and Video 3 are on separated pages, and they will open in new windows of your browser. The Vienna Game lesson is also the textual part to read and the .PGN file to download and learn the real chess games, which were played by chess masters on Vienna Game in the year 2009.

By composition, the lesson is divided into the next 3 parts:
I. Vienna Game: Data and Variations
II. Vienna Game Videos: See a Picture, How to Play, and 1 Trap
III. Vienna Game PGN File: Download and Learn Real Games


I. Vienna Game: Data and Variations

Vienna Game Opening Type: Open Game
Vienna Game Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3
ECO Codes: C25-C29

The Vienna Game chess opening was invented in the 19th century by a group of Vienna's chess players lead by chess master Carl Hamppe. Vienna Game was born as "delayed King's Gambit" with White playing 3.f4. This variation is still being played today, together with some other variations.

Within Vienna game, Black can get good position. To answer Vienna Game, the best 3 moves for Black are: *2... Nf6, *2... Nc6, and *2... Bc5. Black often uses the strong pawn move on d5, which works in many positions of this opening. However, in rare situations White might trap on Black's d5.

The Vienna Game trap on d5 is shown in Video 3: Vienna Game - Learn This Trap... Vienna Game may easily transpose into King's Gambit Declined, Four Knights Game, and some other openings. In general, Vienna Game is very beautiful in play. Also, it can be met at the top-level chess.


II. Vienna Game Videos: See a Picture, How to Play, and 1 Trap

Now, you are recommended to see Video 1: Vienna Game - General Information. To learn the Vienna Game chess opening in a visual way, just click the Play button below:




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See also Video 2: Vienna Game - How to Play by clicking the next link:

See Video 2: Vienna Game - How to Play Some Variations
Note: You can find Video 2 at the bottom of the page open.

See also Video 3: Vienna Game - Learn This Trap by clicking the next link:

See Video 3: Vienna Game - Learn This Trap
Note: You can find Video 3 at the bottom of the page open.


III. Vienna Game PGN File: Download and Learn Real Games

Find below the Vienna-Game.pgn file to download and see how Vienna Game works in real games at the chess master level. To read the file, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program. Before downloading the file, please read how the Vienna-Game.pgn file was compiled and what you will see within it.

The Vienna-Game.pgn file was specially created in the following way:

• The file includes main variations and displays how to correctly play two of them.
• In addition, the file includes 24 chess games played on Vienna Game in the year 2009.
• The chess games were selected randomly, all FIDE players rated 2051-2725.

• All the names of the chess players and their ratings were removed.
• The game results and tournament names were removed as well.
• The chess games are shown from the game beginning to the middle game beginning only.

• At this point, the positions were analyzed by a computer program.
• You will see the result of the program's analysis, like this...
• "If White finds a best line ..., Black will be still better at 0.52 pawns."

• The computer program's analysis will help you:
• To analyze who was better at playing Vienna Game.
• To understand how to correctly continue the middle game...

To see how Vienna Game works in real games at chess master level, click the following link:

Download the Vienna-Game.pgn File (14 KB)

You've learned Vienna Game, and Philidor Defense is the next chess opening to learn...

October 14, 2009

Vienna Game - How to Play - Video 2

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Vienna Game - How to Play Some Variations (continued). Video 2 will show how to play some variations of Vienna Game and the Black's d5 positional combination, which is a typical one for the Vienna Game opening.

The video will also display Short If-Then Reference on playing Vienna Game best. It is only short reference... To see Video 2: Vienna Game - How to Play Some Variations, just click the Play button below:




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To replay on the chess board and learn the Vienna Game chess opening variations, which were shown in the above video, see them in writing below:

Variation 1: Vienna Game - Main Line (Vienna Gambit)
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Nf3 Be7 6.d4 0-0 7.Bd3 f5 8.exf6 Bxf6 9.0-0 Nc6

Variation 2: Vienna Game - The 2... Nc6 Variation
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bb4 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Qxf6 8.Ne2 d6 9.d4 0-0 10.0-0

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October 12, 2009

Danish Gambit

[*See: Chess Openings for Beginners - All Lessons]

This lesson is designed for chess beginners to learn Danish Gambit. It includes 2 chess videos (Video 1: Danish Gambit - General Information | Video 2: Danish Gambit - How to Play), the textual part to read, and the .PGN file to download and see Danish Gambit games played in 2007-2009.

In addition, it also includes the link to Video 3: Danish Gambit - Learn This Trap. The link, which is located below on this page, will open the Danish Gambit trap video in a new window of your browser.

The Danish Gambit lesson is divided into 3 parts:
I. Danish Gambit: Data and Variations
II. Danish Gambit: How to Play Some Variations
III. Danish Gambit: Download the .PGN File to See Real Games


I. Danish Gambit: Data and Variations

Danish Gambit Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3. c3
ECO Code: C21 - ECO Code C21 is not only Danish Gambit.

About Danish Gambit:

Danish Gambit was invented by a Danish chess player in the 19th century. It belongs to the Open Game openings. The main feature of Danish Gambit is the following: White offers pawns sacrified to get a quick and overwhelming development...

Danish Gambit is similar to Center Game, but Danish Gambit is a separate chess opening. If to know how, Black can neutralize the White quick development. Because of this, Danish Gambit is not popular at the top-level chess. But for chess beginners, it is very nice opening...

It may a good idea to play Danish Gambit against an unprepared opponent-beginner... You are not recommended to play Danish Gambit as White party against a chess master, if feasible. In this case, you may find later on that the greatest part of your game was only a great beginning...

Danish Gambit Variations:
• Collijn Defense: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.c3 dc 4.Bc4 cb 5.Bxb2 Qe7 (C21)
• Schlechter Defense: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.c3 dc 4.Bc4 cb 5.Bxb2 d5 (C21)
• Soerensen Defense: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.c3 d5 (C21)

To learn Danish Gambit (general information, its variations, and more ) see Video 1: Danish Gambit - General Information. To see this video on Danish Gambit, just click the Play button below:




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You can also see Video 3: Danish Gambit - Learn This Trap.
Note: You can find Video 3 at the bottom of the page open.


II. Danish Gambit: How to Play Some Variations

You may learn some variations of Danish Gambit. For this, you may use Video 2: Danish Gambit: How to Play Some Variations; which is below. To see Video 2: Danish Gambit: How to Play.., just click the Play button below:




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See in writing the Danish Gambit variations, which were shown in Video 2:

• Danish Gambit, Soerensen Defense:
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.cxd4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 Nf6 8.Nc3 Qa5 9.Be3 Bd6 10.0-0 0-0

• Danish Gambit, Schlechter Defense:
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 d5 6.Bxd5 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Bxc3+ 8.Bxc3 Nf6 9.Qf3 Nxd5 10.exd5 0-0


III. Danish Gambit: Download the .PGN File to See Real Games

Find below the Danish-Gambit.pgn file to download and see how the Danish Gambit opening works in real games at the chess master level. To read the file, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program. Before downloading the file, please read how the Danish-Gambit.pgn file was compiled and what you will see within it.

The Danish-Gambit.pgn file was specially created in the following way:

• The file includes main variations and displays how to correctly play some of them.
• In addition, the file includes 16 chess games played in 2007-2009 on Danish Gambit.
• The chess games were selected randomly, all players are FIDE rated 1600-2252.

• All the names of the chess players and their ratings were removed.
• The game results and tournament names were removed as well.
• The chess games are shown from the beginning to the end of opening phase only.

• At this point, the opening positions were analyzed by a computer program.
• You will see the result of the program's analysis, like this...
• "If White finds a best line ..., Black will be still better at 0.52 pawns."

• The computer program's analysis will help you:
• To analyze each chess opening position.
• To understand how to correctly enter the middle game...

To see how Danish Gambit works in real games, click the following link:
Download the Danish-Gambit.pgn File (8 KB)


Note: Next chess opening to learn is Vienna Game.

[*.See Bishop's Opening    King's Gambit]

[*...See Outside: Chess Endgame Puzzles]

October 10, 2009

Danish Gambit: Learn This Trap

Danish Gambit: Learn This Trap (Video 3): The video will show a Danish Gambit trap. Learn the trap to know how to use it and how to avoid. To see Video 3 - Danish Gambit: Learn This Trap, just click the Play button below:



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October 4, 2009

Center Game

[*See: Chess Openings for Beginners - All Lessons]

This lesson is designed for chess beginners to learn Center Game. It includes 2 chess videos (Video 1: Center Game - Main Variations | Video 2: Center Game - How to Play), the textual part to read, and the .PGN file to download and see Center Game games played in the year 2009.

The Center Game lesson is divided into the following 3 parts:
I. Center Game: Data and Variations
II. Center Game: How to Play the Main Lines
III. Center Game: Download the .PGN File to See Real Games


I. Center Game: Data and Variations

Center Game Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.Qxd4
ECO Codes: C21-C22 - ECO Codes C21-C22 is not only Center Game.

About Center Game:

Center Game is an old chess opening. It belongs to the Open Game openings. Center Game breaks the rule "No Queen Out Too Early," and the White Queen is brought out already on the 3rd move. This opening was abandoned, it was revived... Center Game is being played at the master level today. It is an easy chess opening to learn.

Center Game Main Variations:
• The 3.... Nc6 Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.Qxd4 Nc6 (C22)
• Paulsen Attack: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 (C22)
• Charousek Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Bb4+ 5.c3 Be7 (C22)
• Berger Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.d4 ed 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Nf6 (C22, most common)

To learn Center Game and its main variations, see Video 1: Center Game - Main Variations by clicking the Play button below:




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II. Center Game: How to Play the Main Lines

You may learn the main variations of Center Game. Within Center Game, you should know Berger Variation which is the most common and which goes 1 step down from Paulsen Attack. You should learn not to play 5.e5? for White... For this, use Video 2: Center Game - How to Play; which is below. To see Video 2: Center Game - How to Play, just click the Play button below:




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See in writing the Center Game variation, which was shown in Video 2:

• Center Game, Berger Variation:
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 0-0 7.0-0-0 Re8 8.Bc4 d6


III. Center Game: Download the .PGN File to See Real Games

Find below the Center-Game.pgn file to download and see how the Center Game opening works in real games at the chess master level. To read the file, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains you how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program. Before downloading the file, please read how the Center-Game.pgn file was compiled and what you will see within it.

The Center-Game.pgn file was specially created in the following way:

• The file includes main variations and displays how to correctly play some of them.
• In addition, the file includes 24 chess games played in 2009 on Center Game.
• The chess games were selected randomly, all players are FIDE rated 1689-2489.

• All the names of the chess players and their ratings were removed.
• The game results and tournament names were removed as well.
• The chess games are shown from the beginning to the end of opening phase only.

• At this point, the opening positions were analyzed by a computer program.
• You will see the result of the program's analysis, like this...
• "If White finds a best line ..., White will be better at 0.47 pawns."

• The computer program's analysis will help you:
• To analyze each chess opening position.
• To understand how to correctly enter the middle game...

To see how Center Game works in real games, click the following link:
Download the Center-Game.pgn File (11 KB)


[*See Inside: Bishop's Opening    King's Gambit]

[*See Outside: Links for Chess Beginners]

October 1, 2009

Latvian Gambit

[*See: Chess Openings for Beginners - All Lessons]

This lesson is designed for chess beginners to learn Latvian Gambit. It includes 2 chess videos (Video 1: Latvian Gambit - Main Variations | Video 2: Latvian Gambit - How to Play), the textual part to read, and the .PGN file to download, see and learn real games on Latvian Gambit.

The Latvian Gambit lesson is divided into the next 3 parts:
I. Latvian Gambit: Data and Variations
II. Latvian Gambit: How to Play the Main Lines
III. Latvian Gambit: Download the .PGN File to See Real Games


I. Latvian Gambit: Data and Variations

Latvian Gambit Move Order: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5
ECO Codes: C40 - ECO Code C40 is not only Latvian Gambit

About Latvian Gambit

Latvian Gambit is an attemp to play King's Gambit for Black. It is an Open Game opening. Latvian Gambit is aggressive but risky for Black. Usually, it is not recommended for Black to play Latvian Gambit. There were attempts to prove that the gambit is mistaken. However, Latvian Gambit is still alive...

Some chess players intentionally play it to get both the position complicated and the opponent confused. Sometimes it works... The grandmasters avoid this opening. For White, the best answer in Latvian Gambit is 3.Nxe5! As a rule, the White position is better. Latvian Gambit has 6 main variations...

Latvian Gambit Main Variations:

• Main Line: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 (C40)
Note: Most common for 70-80% of all the Latvian Gambit Games.
• Leonhardt Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.Nc4 (C40)
• Fraser Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6 (C40)

• Svedenborg Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bc4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 d5 (C40)
Note: As beginner, you are not recommended to play Svedenborg for Black.
Note: See below the Latvian-Gambit.pgn file: How to Play,"Instead of Svedenborg."
• The 3.exf5 Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.exf5 (C40)
• The 3.d4 Variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d4 (C40)

To learn Latvian Gambit and its main variations, see Video 1: Latvian Gambit - Main Variations by clicking the Play button below:




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II. Latvian Gambit: How to Play the Main Lines

You may learn the main variations of Latvian Gambit. To see them, use Video 2: Latvian Gambit - How to Play; which is below. To see Video 2: Latvian Gambit - How to Play, click the Play button below:




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See in writing the Latvian Gambit variations, which were shown in Video 2:

• Latvian Gambit, Main Line:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Be2! Qf7 7.Nc3 Bf5 8.0-0 Nf6 9.f3! Ng4

• Latvian Gambit, Leonhardt Variation:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5! Qf6 4.Nc4 fxe4 5.Nc3 Qg6 6.d3 Bb4 7.Bd2 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 d5 9.Ne5 Qf5 10.dxe4 Qxe4+ 11.Be2 Nf6 12.0-0 c6


III. Latvian Gambit: Download the .PGN File to See Real Games

Below you can find and download the Latvian-Gambit.pgn file to see how Latvian Gambit works in real games at the chess master level. To read the file, you will need a PGN Viewer Program. See Lesson 16, which explains how to download a decent freeware PGN Viewer Program. Before downloading the file, please read how the Latvian-Gambit.pgn file was compiled and what you will see within it.

The Latvian-Gambit.pgn file was specially created in the following way:

• The file includes main variations and displays how to correctly play some of them.
• In addition, the file includes 16 real games played in 2008-2009 on Latvian Gambit.
• The real games were selected randomly, all players are FIDE rated 1691-2462.

• All the names of the chess players and their ratings were removed.
• The game results and tournament names were removed as well.
• The real games are shown from the beginning to the end of opening phase only.

• At this point, the opening positions were analyzed by a computer program.
• You will see the result of the program's analysis, like this...
• "If White finds a best line ..., White will be better at 0.83 pawns."

• The computer program's analysis will help you:
• To analyze each chess opening position.
• To understand how to correctly enter the middle game...

To see how Latvian Gambit works in real games, click the following link:
Download the Latvian-Gambit.pgn File (10 KB)


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